2 Mar 2012

Creation of Whanau Ora will help smokefree goal

8:32 pm on 2 March 2012

The head of the Midland Iwi Relationship Board says the creation of Whanau Ora will greatly help the region meet its goal of making the region smokefree by 2025.

The five District Health Boards covering the region - along with the Iwi Board - have signed a statement to work together.

Chair of the Iwi organisation Punohu McCausland says Whanau Ora ties into its own aim of cutting smoking in a part of the country where smoking rates among Maori are high.

Mrs McCausland says the service provides a family first approach meaning that services fit the family and not the whanau having to fit the service.